Wanderers face football in the kingdom

Dominic Bossi 10:01 PM   If South America is where football is a matter of life and death, then Saudi Arabia is where it is everything in between. 

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United no better than last season: Pellegrini

Bold claim: City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Mark Ogden 1:52 PM   Manuel Pellegrini has claimed Louis van Gaal's Manchester United are no stronger than the team twice beaten heavily by Manchester City last -season.

Saba unhappy with bench role for final

Wants to start ... Wanderers midfielder Vitor Saba.

Dominic Bossi 7:00 PM   Vitor Saba is unhappy starting games from the bench but is prepared to sacrifice minutes on the field if it means Western Sydney Wanderers return to Australia with the Asian Champions League trophy. 

Corinthians fans to be buried near fallen idols

In good company: Corinthians fans can pledge their undying support to their club.

Tales Azzoni 1:01 PM   Fans of one of Brazil's most popular soccer clubs will have a chance to spend eternity near some of their greatest idols.

Gary Neville: Defending as I knew it is dying

Defensive base:  Players now are starting out with a high technical grounding and learn the defending later.

Gary Neville 11:13 AM   When I played, most training was on defending but now I look at teams and think they do not understand the basics, writes Gary Neville.

Juric not certain to play full game in decider

Doubts over fitness ... Tomi Juric

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers striker Tomi Juric was coy as to whether he can play a full match in the Asian Champions League final having recently come back from a groin injury. 

Friends for life but rivals for 90 minutes

"Once you're on the field, you forget all that. Everyone is fighting for the shirt": Manchester United's Angel Di Maria.

Henry Winter 11:42 AM   Angel di Maria, Manchester United's vibrant attacker, warned his Argentine friends in the City camp that there are "no friendships out on the pitch" in Sunday's Manchester derby.

Arnie taunts Moss ahead of showdown

Mind games: Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold oversees a training session on Thursday.

Sebastian Hassett 10:28 PM    Graham Arnold has landed a chilling broadside at his former assistant coach, Phil Moss, claiming his replacement at the Central Coast Mariners "has no secrets".

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Great expectations a burden City's lesser lights must shoulder

Michael Lynch 2:13 PM   It's not as if Melbourne City is playing badly, like a struggling bottom of the table team. Not most of the time, anyway.

Man U skipper Rooney gets derby all-clear

Declared fit: Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

1:46 PM   Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.

Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard hints at possible transfer

Time's up?: Steven Gerrard's contract finishes at season's end.

1:43 PM   Just when Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thought he had had enough of answering awkward questions about controversial striker Mario Balotelli and the club's defence, talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard said he could leave Anfield at the end of the season.

Change or die: that's the new motto for A-League clubs

Craig Foster

Craig Foster 12:44 PM   If anything, this A-League season is about evolution. Change. Progress. Staying ahead, looking for the decisive edge, and the net effect is perfect for the game.

Tony Popovic defiant ahead of Asian Champions League final against Al-Hilal

Tony Popovic

Dominic Bossi 11:43 AM   Tony Popovic must defeat Asia's club of the century in one of the continent's most intimidating arenas to win the Asian Champions League title but the Western Sydney Wanderers coach has no fear of the task that awaits him. 

Suspect in court over murder of South African goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa

South African captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

10:39 AM   A suspect has appeared in court over the slaying of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa, whose murder during a robbery shocked the nation.

Al-Hilal coach Laurentiu Reghecampf dismisses Western Sydney Wanderers as 'a small team'

Al-Hilal manager Laurentiu Reghecampf: "I promise you we won't lose tomorrow. I'm going to see to that and I hope that [Western] Sydney will stay a small team."

Dominic Bossi 4:02 AM   In a move that is sure to fire-up the Australian club ahead of Saturday night's decider, Reghecampf offered little respect towards the Wanderers credentials.

Melbourne City coach calls for professionalism

Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau shakes hands with David Villa after the game.

Michael Lynch 11:04 PM   With the powerbrokers and money men from the City Football Group running the rule over their Australian investment on a trip down under in recent days, Melbourne City could ill afford to produce another disappointing result.

No tricks nor treats for Melbourne City

No way out: A surrounded David Villa has his shot blocked by Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

Michael Lynch 10:49 PM   Spanish superstar David Villa did everything but score in what could be his final appearance for Melbourne City, but even his heroics could not prevent his team sliding to a home loss to Adelaide City in a Halloween horror show for coach John van’t Schip.

Bentleigh to host Perth in FFA Cup semi-final

Bentleigh coach John Anastasiadis.

Michael Lynch 7:50 PM   FFA Cup giantkillers Benteigh Greens will host Perth Glory in a sudden-death semi-final of the inaugural tournament 

Stubbins challenges Jets to bounce back

"Fatigue is a factor. You have to monitor that": Jets coach Phil Stubbins.

James Gardiner 7:31 PM   Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins has challenged the side to prove the capitulation against Wellington was an aberration and complete a horror road stretch on a positive note.

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Canberra United return to fortress McKellar

Canberra United captain Nicole Begg feels the team has turned its season around after a slow start.

David Polkinghorne 4:36 PM   Canberra United captain Nicole Begg believes the former W-League champions have finally started to click and they   want  to return McKellar Park to a fortress when they face Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.

Western Sydney Wanderers' Iacopo La Rocca on the cusp of making history

Chasing history: Iacopo La Rocca of the Wanderers.

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers' midfield enforcer, Iacopo La Rocca, is on the cusp of making history by becoming the first Italian player to win the Asian Champions League.

Wanderers keen to step up effort

Tomi Juric celebrates a goal against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the first leg of the AFC Champions League football final in Sydney.

Despite taking a thin edge into Saturday's Asian Champions League second leg, the Wanderers know a performance repeating their home victory won't be enough to win it.

Adios David, it's been short but sweet

World-class talent: David Villa.

Michael Lynch   He came, he saw, but, despite two goals and some impressive moments, has hardly conquered.

Bentleigh teen dares to dream

Luke Gallo.

Michael Lynch   Teenage midfielder Luke Gallo won't be able to fully focus on Bentleigh Greens FFA Cup semi final showdown until Monday afternoon, despite the suburban club's fairy tale run to within 90 minutes of the inaugural Cup Final.

Van 't Schip's challenge to City squad: show you can do it for 90 minutes

John van 't Schip

Michael Lynch   Melbourne City coach throws down the gauntlet to his embattled squad as it prepares for a crucial clash with unbeaten Adelaide United on Friday night.

Real Madrid cruises to victory in Copa

Marcelo celebrates his goal.

Real Madrid began its defence of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 4-1 win over third-tier UD Cornella in the first leg of their fourth-round tie on Wednesday.

Janjetovic pledges to bury derby demons

Helping hand: Vedran Janjetovic reaches out to Brendan Hamill during the Sydney derby.

Sebastian Hassett   Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic admits his derby howler was completely his own mistake but one he'll have to learn from if he's to become an elite goalkeeper.

Wanderers leave bus on sidelines: Hamill

Hamill

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers defender Brendan Hamill says there is a lack of appreciation for handling the continent's best as their defensive style is the foundation of their success in Asia. 

Wanderers' success is hurting AFL's Giants push

Playing for keeps: The Wanderers are one win away from the Asian title.

Michael Cockerill 10:00 PM   On the week that Western Sydney Wanderers have put themselves in pole position to become Australia's first Asian champions, the AFL suddenly wants to jump on the bandwagon. Or says it does, more to the point. Amazing.

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Cup carnage as Victory hit, body and soul

Injured: Besart Berisha will miss Monday night's game against the Phoenix.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne Victory's loss to Perth Glory in Wednesday night's FFA Cup quarter final has left coach Kevin Muscat with a litter of battered bodies and a squad further depleted for Monday's A-League clash with Wellington following the red cards to two of his players in the knockout tie.

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